Ashland High's girls 4x400-meter relay team settled for eighth place and the group's anchor, Jordan Kling, scratched out of the long jump competition as the Grizzlies suffered through a disappointing final day at the OSAA Class 4A/5A/6A state track and field championships Saturday at Hayward Field.
The Grizzlies' relay team of Carolyn Thomas, Aria Hemphill, Mya Kass and Kling advanced Saturday's finals with a strong showing in the preliminaries but couldn't better its time against the cream of the crop. Kling crossed the finish line at 4 minutes, 8.24 seconds, four seconds behind the seventh-place team from Hillsboro.
With that, plus Kling's long jump scratch-out, the Grizz girls finished with 10 points, good enough for 22nd place out of 28 teams in the final 5A team standings.
Also earning points for the AHS girls were pole vaulter Paulina Belsky and distance runners Hemphill (800) and Hayley Beal (3,000).
Casey Schein, an Ashland resident who attends St. Mary's High, won five matches at districts and her first three matches at state before losing in the finals of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state singles tournament Saturday at Eugene.
Schein, a sophomore who was seeded No. 4, fell to top-seeded Kelcy McKenna of North Bend, 6-2, 6-0. Schein's march to the finals included a 6-4, 6-2 thumping of No. 2-seeded Stephanie Babij of Ontario.
Schein is currently ranked No. 7 in the USTA Pacific Northwest section in the girls 16-and-under category. She won five USTA tournaments last year and qualified for several national tournaments.
At Manheim, Penn., the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and the NAIA have announced its all-academic team, which included Southern Oregon sophomore Trevor Lofstedt and senior Dan Herb.
Lofstedt had a 3.33 grade-point average in communications. Herb had a 3.32 GPA in business administration.
The Raiders finished ninth in the team rankings with a team grade point average of 2.920 this season.
At Sacramento, Calif., Ashland rowers powered their way through wind and waves to place in numerous events at the annual Gold Rush regatta May 5 at Lake Natoma.
Twenty mph side and headwinds presented significant challenges to the rowers, who came from all over the west coast to compete. Leading the Ashland crew was Scott Knox who placed second in the men's D (ages 50-54) single and first, along with Grant Dull, in the men's D double.
The men's novice four pulled out a victory. Rowing the boat were Jim Robinson, Bob Crawford, Rich Gleitsman and Steve Fogelman. Gleitsman also finished second in the men's novice single event.
The women's C (43-49) quad, with Diane Green, Beth Geismar, Robin Eckert and Jennifer Stoke, placed third. Green and Stoke also teamed up to place second in the women's C double.
Green placed third in the women's C single. Eckert placed second in the women's lightweight singles event.
Leah Wingfield and Deborah Gordon finished second in the Women's 50-and-over double, followed quickly by the team of Corinne Lombardi and Beth Geismar. Wingfield, Gordon, Lombardi and Cathy Tronquet also managed a second-place finish in the women's D-plus quad.
Jim Sims and Jay Schindler partnered to place second in the men's 60-and-over doubles event. Sims and Joanne Wallis later teamed up to place second in the mixed D-plus double. They were followed by the Ashland duo of Ron Iverson and Judith Cope.
The women's E-plus (60 and older) eight placed third. Members of that boat included: Wingfield, Lombardi, Tronquet, Judith Cope, Cindy Bernard, Carol Huffman, Cathy Gerking and Toni Knox.
AHS relay team places eighth at state